Today's News

  • Better than Fair

        Bedford County’s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.

        According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.
        There was something to see every day.

  • Shooting shocks area, nation

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

        This isn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Moneta – not to someone we know.

        In fact it isn’t supposed to happen at all.
        But last Wednesday morning changed everything. The Smith Mountain Lake Community—and the media family at WDBJ7—will never be the same.    
        A simple live report from Bridgewater Plaza turned deadly—and shocked the world.

  • Community comes together

    They came together to pray; they came together to remember; they came together to mourn.
        In the days following the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, coming together was important for the community, in whatever ways possible.

  • Council considers a dog park

        Bedford Town Council held a discussion on the possibility of building a dog park at Greenwood Park.
        According to Councilman Beckham Stanley, a survey showed that 75 percent of town residents favor a dog park. He told council that the park can be built with private money. Stanley said  Jamie Snell. a fencing contractor, has offered to make a $4,600 in-kind donation for fencing and James Jones, a local excavation contractor, has offered to help. According to Stanley, the Bedford Humane Society will keep it clean.

  • Man accused of assaulting woman

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call, on Saturday, Aug 29 at 1: 30 p.m.,  to a residence in the 1200 block of Breezy Hill Road, Vinton.
        The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, said that her 28-year-old daughter, Ashley Brogan, was at this residence and was possibly being assaulted by Willard Hale, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Montvale man faces malicious wounding charge

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Adventure Mountain Road address in Montvale on Saturday Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.  A person at that residence had called 911 dispatchers and said that Alvie Ferris was there and had  allegedly assaulted several people. On arrival deputies discovered Ferris was no longer there. Phillip Warfe, 61, was transported to Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with internal injuries.   

  • Protecting the safety of America
  • Much to be thankful for

    By Nancy Strachan
    Rwandan HUGS, Inc.

         During this season of giving thanks I want to express my deepest appreciation to everyone who supports Rwandan HUGS as we minister to Rwandan families with “a hand up rather than a hand out”and the Bedford community with compassion.

  • Why we’re thankful

    By James F. Burns

        An Ohio farm girl’s 1895 ride over a mountain is a metaphor for why we’re thankful for being Americans.  In a letter back home to her parents, Mary tells the story of her trip—from ”trial and tribulation” to triumph—tracing out our nation’s own exceptional journey.
        Mary was traveling to Virginia to take up a new job as an art teacher.  Her train arrived at Cumberland Gap at 5 a.m., only to find the tunnel through the mountain had caved in.

  • The bloody results of religious fanaticism

        In the wake of the latest terrorist attacks, word came before press time about the death of the instigator of the events in Paris. One can’t help but wonder. Did death bring him what he expected?
        He had committed himself to a violent path of extremism in the name of Islam, but violated the real teachings of that religion by killing a lot of innocent people. He met his own death before the age of 30.